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Performance Food Group To Acquire Institution Food House, Inc.

RICHMOND, Va. (May 30, 2012) – Performance Food Group, Inc. (PFG) has announced it will acquire Institution Food House, Inc. (IFH) from Alex Lee, Inc. The acquisition brings together two major foodservice distribution companies to enhance service and offerings to customers in the Carolinas, and the surrounding geography. IFH is a $600M foodservice distributor based in Hickory, North Carolina, with an additional location in Florence, South Carolina. IFH was founded in 1966 and is the largest independent foodservice distributor based in the Carolinas. The transaction is expected to close in mid-June.

Institution Food House, Inc. employs approximately 700 people. At the close of the transaction, IFH employees will have the opportunity to transition to PFG’s comprehensive health and welfare programs. At PFG, superior brands, quality products, and excellence in serving customers across the country, all start with creating a great place for great people to work while supporting personal, business, and customer success. PFG is pleased to partner with IFH associates to continue building a strong culture of success.

George Holm, president and CEO of Performance Food Group, stated, “We are very pleased to be able to combine our highly complementary companies to strengthen our presence in the Southeast and to extend our product offerings to all of their customers.” The acquisition supports key strategic opportunities for both Performance Food Group and IFH.

Mac Pearce, executive vice president of Performance Food Group, added, “IFH is a highly regarded company built on its dedicated employees and loyal customers. We believe IFH is a great fit for our sales-driven culture. As we welcome IFH into the PERFORMANCE Foodservice organization, we believe that this partnership will bring added value to existing IFH and PERFORMANCE Foodservice customers.”

Gerald Davis, Chairman and president IFH, noted, “The joining of PFG and IFH will enable both to be better companies. We have every confidence that this acquisition will be beneficial for our employees, our loyal customers, and our suppliers."

About Performance Food Group:
Through its leading family of foodservice distributors – Performance Foodservice, Vistar and PFG Customized Distribution, Performance Food Group, Inc. (PFG) delivers over 150,000 national and proprietary-branded food and food-related products to the locations of more than 150,000 independent and national chain restaurants, quick-service eateries, pizzerias, theaters, schools, hotels, health care facilities and other institutions. The company currently employs more than 12,000 people throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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